What will be the outcome of the Prop 8 trial?

January 29, 2010
William N. Eskridge Jr. and Darren Spedale write about the Proposition 8 trial, reviewing the arguments of both the plaintiffs and defendant-intervenors, and laying out the various possible findings by Judge Vaughn Walker. [Link]

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Hawaii postpones civil unions bill indefinitely

January 29, 2010

Last year the civil unions bill passed the Hawaii House by a vote of 33-to 17. One week ago, the Senate passed the bill 18-7. But on Friday the House voted to postpone indefinitely the civil unions bill for gay and heterosexual couples. Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, who was co-counsel in the historic Hawaii marriage case, Baehr v. Miike, which started the whole thing, said:

Losing ground? No way. We don’t win every battle, and we definitely need to strengthen our reaching out to more Americans to bring them into our cause (which is what Freedom to Marry’s expansion is all about). But after a decade of inaction, we got both houses of the Hawaii legislature to pass a civil union bill, just not in sync — and remember, when we started this movement in Hawaii, there was no place in the world where same-sex couples could marry. Now we’ve got five states, our nation’s capital, eight countries, and more shimmering within reach.

The Democratic president [Bill Clinton] who signed the so-called “DOMA” as we were doing the trial in Hawaii now supports the freedom to marry and has called for “DOMA”’s repeal, as did the Republican congressman [Bob Barr] who wrote it.

More than a hundred million Americans now live in a state that provides some level of statewide recognition of same-sex couples and their families — up from virtually zero a decade ago.

We have a lot more to do, as Freedom to Marry works to build a majority for marriage, win more states, and build toward a federal victory…but by any historical measure, we’ve gained and are gaining ground, and the future is ours. [Link]

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Prop. 8 lawyer vetted first freedom to marry ban initiative with Mormon leaders

California Watch
January 29, 2010

The Courage Campaign has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission against Prop 8 lead defense attorney Andy Pugno over using state resources to communicate with a Mormon attorney about an anti-gay marriage initiative. [Link]

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Concerns about gay couples raising kids still main argument of freedom to marry opponents after four

The Sacramento Bee
January 30, 2010

The Prop 8 trial ended its witness testimony in San Francisco this week. The defense argued that even if Proposition 8 harms gays and lesbians and any children they may have, voters had a right to exclude gays from marriage because of concerns, despite numerous studies to the contrary, that children are best raised by their biological mothers and fathers. "Fourteen years later [than the 1996 Hawaii freedom to marry case] and tens of millions of dollars later, they [the opposition] haven't come up with anything else," said Evan Wolfson of the group Freedom to Marry. [Link]

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Mexico prosecutor challenges freedom to marry law

Agence France-Presse (Mexico)
January 29, 2010

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard called an appeal against the city's marriage equality law by the country's Attorney General "a grave mistake." Ebrard said that it is not the job of the attorney general to decide the city's laws. [Link]

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Voice for Equality: Don Imus

Don Imus is an American radio host, humorist, writer, and philanthropist. Imus’s sometimes controversial statements and colorful language have often drawn the attention of the press and have gotten him into several well-publicized battles, one of which resulted in his show being pulled from the air. The current version of his nationally-syndicated talk show, Imus in the Morning, returned to television on October 5, 2009 and is currently seen on Fox Business Network from 6:00-9:00 EST Monday-Friday. Learn more here.

On January 27, 2010, Imus in the Morning featured David Boies, co-counsel with Ted Olson for the pro-freedom to marry side in the Prop 8 Trial in California. In the course of the discussion, Don Imus expressed support for the freedom to marry, saying: "I supported—not that it’s important, but I support it [the freedom to marry] on the basis of the philosophy of my friend Kinky Friedman, who thinks that they [gay couples] have a right to be as unhappy…as anybody...It's great that you and Ted are doing this, and I hope you win, good luck." During the interview, Mr. Boies explained the constitutional and civil rights issues at stake in the case. Watch the video of the Don Imus/David Boies interview below:

Freedom to Marry salutes Don Imus as a Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Mr. Imus' support speaks to you - get involved.

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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Marriage for Same-Sex Couples: A Conversation

Columbia Law School Magazine
January 7, 2010
Following the many developments regarding the freedom to marry in 2009, Columbia Law School Magazine approached four professors of varying backgrounds to document their thoughts on marriage for same-sex couples in a series of back-and-forth emails—no moderator, no referee. [Link]

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Defense Lawyers Rest Case at Prop 8 Trial

The Associated Press
January 28, 2010

Testimony in the Proposition 8 trial ended Wednesday and Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker gave no time line for his ruling but said he will take time to review evidence before hearing closing arguments. [Link]

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This is a Witness for the Defense?

Prop 8 Trial Tracker
January 27, 2010

Brian Leubitz discusses "expert" Prop 8 witness, David Blankenhorn, who was taken apart by David Boies during cross-examination. "If you'd like to see what Rick was talking about with Blankenhorn’s demeanor, check out this video of a gay marriage debate between Evan Wolfson, of Freedom to Marry, and Mr. Blankenhorn...Keep in mind, Wolfson wasn’t cross examining him, and Boies was nowhere in site." [Link]

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Protect the Children (and mean it)

Waking Up Now
January 24, 2010
The Prop 8 trial has showcased the anti-gay opposition repeating lies about the LGBT community being more likely to molest children. But the best cure for dishonesty is truth. We all need to be able to debunk these lies. Watch the video below citing studies and experts on the subject of child abuse: [Link]

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